Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Welsh Government Statements and News
Extra £40m to support adult social care in Wales
Additional guidance on this funding has just been issued to representatives of local authorities, and copied to representatives of adult social care providers. It covers the situation where local authorities wish to meet the additional costs adult providers are incurring as a result of Covid-19 by means of a supplement. It also provides clarification in relation to healthcare. I copy of this and the previous guidance issued is attached.
This funding is to help ensure local authorities can address the additional costs resulting from Covid-19 that adult social care providers are experiencing. This will include additional expenditure providers that are incurring above that normally commissioned on items such as increased staff costs, more agency staff, or greater infection control.
It is ring-fenced for adult social care and included in the Covid-19 Local Government Hardship Fund. established recently. It is to help ensure adult social care providers can maintain their care provision and be able to respond to any additional demand for care which arises. This allocation will be closely monitored to ensure it remains able to do this.
Further details have just been issued to representatives of providers and local authorities and are in the attached email. Should adult care providers being experiencing such costs they should discuss this with their commissioning local authority. Whilst this announcement is about adult social care, the situation in children’s care is also be monitored.
Coronavirus test bookings and process
Eligibility for coronavirus testing and find out how to get tested.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing: your questions
Questions and answers for who and how people will be tested
Testing for coronavirus: weekly updates
Includes the number and results of coronavirus tests, who was tested and where they were tested on a weekly update.
Testing weekly update 12 May 2020: coronavirus
Provides information about the number of people tested for coronavirus in Wales up to 10 May 2020.
Nurses and midwives returning to the NHS to assist with COVID-19: guidance
Includes pay, pensions and indemnity information for returning nurses and midwives during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Written Statement: Technical Advisory Cell - Modelling Update
The Minister for Health and Social Services has made a statement about the update on the Technical Advisory Cell modelling update.
Technical Advisory Cell modelling update
Information that is being used by ministers to make informed decisions in the best interest of the Welsh population, to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa extension
The Home Office is granting visa extensions on request to those with leave expiring before 31 May 2020 and who cannot leave the UK because of coronavirus
Government guidance states: If you’re in the UK and your leave expires between 24 January 2020 and 31 May 2020 your visa will be extended to 31 May 2020 if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to coronavirus
To get this extension, those affected must fill in an online form.
UK Government guidance
Visa extension online form
Medical Assessments for Prospective Foster Carers
Some interim flexibility has been introduced for the undertaking of prospective foster carer medical assessments and reports during the COVID -19 crisis. Details of the process can be found in the attached document. Full details will be included in the updated Children’s Social Care guidance due to be updated and re-published in the coming week.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for people working in, visiting or delivering to other people's homes.
Guidance: Reuse of end of life medicines in hospices and care homes during COVID-19
A letter from the Chief Pharmacy Officer to local health boards and trusts on the reuse of end of life medicines during COVID-19.
Public Health Wales
Public Health Wales Guidance to Care Homes & Residential Settings
Revised Public Health Wales Guidance to Care Homes & Residential Settings published on 7 May.
Social care worker card
More than 24,000 digital copies of the social care worker card have now been downloaded. The card aims to help social care workers prove they are key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Social Care Wales’s Covid-19 information pages inc. flexible use of direct payments
We have added new information, signposting and resources to our Covid-19 web pages about flexible use of direct payments during the pandemic and supporting end of life care in social care settings during the outbreak.
Specific information on direct payments:
Dementia quick guide video
A video version of the dementia quick guide is now available on our website. The resource is aimed at anyone who’s new to working with people living with dementia and can be used as part of induction.
Care Inspectorate Wales
CIW email on financial help for care homes
On Tuesday (12 May) Care Inspectorate Wales emailed all adult care homes with information regarding financial support available, via Welsh Government.
Read the email here: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/